Microsoft’s seemingly never-ending infatuation with HTML5 continues, this time in regards to Office 15, the next version of Office likely due in 2012.
As Office 365 and SharePoint are generally labeled as ‘cloud’ services, Microsoft allowing for HTML5 in applications that will bridge them is hardly surprising, but it is important; the company is on a kick of product unification, something that it sorely needs.
That sounds a touch optimistic, but the concept is laudable.
It’s worth noting that these job posts do not make it sound as if Microsoft is retiring VBA, VSTO or any other existing Office programmability tools in the near term
The future of Office 15 is slowly taking shape, but there are many more layers that need to be unwrapped before we can claim to have a good idea of its rough form. For now, we learn in bits and pieces. Perhaps at BUILD in September Microsoft will provide fresh insight.